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Us 27, Lauren 9, Charlotte 6, Syria 4, Sandy 3, Anderson 2, Noelle Alba 2, Vicky 2, Pozner 2, Aleve 2, Schwab Bank 2, Alba 2, Andre 2, New York 2, Daniel Barden 2, Newtown United 2, Newtown 2, New Hampshire 2, Connecticut 2, Paul Simon 1,
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    December 19, 2012
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>> that's insane. you're not going to stop criminals -- >> the argument is still figure on. and it's vociferous between these who want to carry on selling the assault rifles and those on the receiving end of the devastation. i wish you could have heard what i've been listening to because it was dwight something. i want to thank my guests. it's a crucial debate. i'm not pretending that i'm right about it all and i respect everyone's opinion, but something, has to change, as the president said, to stop the slaughter of innocent marines. enough, surely is enough. we began with the heart wrenching interview with a father of one of the victims of newtown. i commend you to watch the interview we have tomorrow. the man has dignity and grace. that's all for us tonight.
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we are once again in the old town hall in newtown connecticut. it's become for all the wrong reasons, main street usa. that may change. may yet become the road to a new consensus on preventing the next deadly outbreak of gun violence. plenty of news on that subject tonight with president obama laying out a plan of action today and the nra planning to speak on that later this week. for now, though, fell of this -- people focus onned on the moment. not living day by day, but for the families living in some case, hour by hour, minute by minute, second by second even. they are tending to the sadly duty they have to bury the dead and to the duty we all have to honor and to remember. daniel barden was just 7, always smiling, had two front teeth missing, which his parents say he earned in his fearless pursuit of fun and happiness.
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his dad was a musician and he followed his lead by playing the drums. in a mini band he forms with his older brother and sister. his family described him as a thoughtful and affectionate boy. whenever he noticed kids sitting alone in the lunch room at school, he'd always join them. in an interview, his dad remembers teaching him to play "jingle bells" on the way to -- before he went to school last friday morning. >> we held hands on the way to the bus. and that was our last morning together. he did get up early that morning and ran down the driveway so he could kiss his brother goob in his pajamas. it was 22 degrees. he was exceptional. >> in his obituary, his family says daniel was a constant source of laughter and joy. he embodied everything that was wholesome and innocent in the world. charlotte bacon was six years
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old. she had a big personality. her family says she was anything but shy. instead she was smart, precocious, outgoing. she loved to talk, she could carry on long conversations with just about anyone, kids, adults it didn't matter. she never met an animal she didn't love, and talked of becoming a veterinarian since she was two years old. charlotte was extraordinarily gifted, her family says, and loved going to school to learn. she also loved her weekly tae kwon do classes. with her dad and her brother, she relished kicking and throwing punches. on friday morning she wanted to wear her new pink dress to school, pink was her favorite color. charlotte's grandmother describes that morning. >> charlotte loved dresses and she insisted on wearing this dress. my daughter said okay. she got her dress on. she had red natural curly hair. my daughter braided it for her
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and put her hair in pig tails. she wore white boots and my daughter said she looked just adorable, mom. she said i look back and i think of charlotte dressed like that and she was getting ready to go see jesus in her new dress. >> her family writes, the family will forever remember her beautiful smile, her energy for life. charlotte has left a place in her entire extended family's hearts that will never be replaced. with her big brown eyes, caroline previdi was once nicknamed boo due to her resemblance to the character in the movie "monsters, inc." she was in the first grade and -- she had a spunky side, loved to draw, loved to dance. she was in the first grade and neighbors remember her sitting on the school bus next on a nervous kindergarten boy who was going to school for the first time. she wanted to make sure that he
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wasn't scared. her family says her smile brought happiness to everyone she touched. for vicky soto teaching was a passion and a life long dream she was 27 years old. five years ago she began teaching first grade at sandy hook elementary, and she loved every minute of it. her mom says vicky loved her students more than life. always referring to them as her kids instead of her students. she wanted to be known as a good teacher and a fun teacher. her students loved her. many said she was their favorite teacher. on friday, vicky died a hero. after hearing gunshots she herded her kids into the closet and tried to shield them from the gunman. >> she just loved her kids, talked about them all the time with such fondness and caring and she just adored them. i have no doubt in my mind she did everything she could to protect every single one of them. >> she was passionate about her family and was known as queen victoria at home. the ring leader who organized christmas every year.
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her family said she loved the beach, loved flamingos and the new york yankees. in her obituary they write she was an amazing daughter, cousin, teacher and friend, and died protecting her kids. we couldn't be prouder of our hero. her beloved dog roxy still waits every day for vicki to come home from school. we will remember them. paul simon performed at her funeral and sang the song, "the sound of silence." we wanted to show the pictures from the services for daniel barden, who wanted to be a firefighter someday when he grew up, to honor him, to honor his memory and that dream, that wish, more than a hundred of connecticut and new york's bravest showed up. they said, people supported us after 9/11, we are here to return the favor. we are here to return the favor. we saw a devastating photo today, the class photo of lauren
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rus russo's first graders, all but one were killed on friday. we're blurring the one survivor's face. this was grace mcdonald's class. she and 14 other kids, even as a little girl she knew she wanted to become a teacher. on friday, she was exactly where she wanted to be, filling in for a teacher on maternity leave. the shooting ended what was the best year of her life. a year she shared with her boyfriend tony. poppy harlo spoke with him. >> it says me, since i've been with you. thanks for rubbing off on me. >> reporter: 30 and in love. tony and lauren. do you remember the moment you realized you were in love with her? >> yes, the first date, i had with her i knew. >> reporter: at a wine bar where they shared their first kiss. lauren called him lovy, he called her busy bee. one of those people without a mean bone in her body.
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>> she didn't like to honk her horn at people who cut her off in traffic because she thought it would be mean if she honked at them. >> she liked to send him cards like this one. >> this card made me giggle and think of you very appropriate just bananas. >> these silly photos taken at a friend's wedding exactly two months before lauren died. >> this is the second try at making funny faces. this was a first one where she's like, i don't have a funny face. >> they celebrated one year of dating in november. >> i'm glad that i had a good relationship for a year instead of a relationship that had fights for years. >> the same month she became a permanent subsitute teacher at sandy hook elementary. >> she was thrilled and she loved to tell me what she was doing that week. she would send a text, we're doing this, we're doing that. and send tons of pictures of what they created that day. >> they were planning to see the hobbit on friday night. the last text tony got from lauren was at 8:58 a.m. >> it doesn't seem real or
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permanent. and finite. >> you think you might see her again? >> i'm convinced that i'll see her again. i have like a little squish pillow that's like a little pillow for your head that she had that smells like her. it just smells like her perfumes and stuff. >> it still does? >> yeah, when i wake up in the morning, i can smell my girlfriend's perfume and it makes me cry. >> the love of her life is how lauren's obituary describes tony. >> i only got one year with her. >> i don't know if it's like bad to say, but i'm jealous of her friends that got more than one year. all i got was one. but it was a really good year. >> you hugged president obama when he was here sunday night. >> yeah, but i want a hug from lauren and i'm not going to get that. >> reporter: it's this song they
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both loved and this song that will always remind tony of his lauren. ♪ i love the way you say good morning ♪ >> i want the world to know that she was a great person and shy touched the lives of everyone she ever met, even if you only met her once. you liked her. she was a great person and she didn't deserve this. no one deserved this. >> so hard to imagine. poppy harlow joins us. you said that lauren had already given tony some christmas presents? >> a prepared teacher, right? she had already wrapped up gifts and given them to him. i asked him, did you open them? he said, i can't and i won't. when i open them, it's over. then it's fineit. you get the sense from him that he almost feels like she's going to come back. they were that connected. >> and she worked multiple jobs. >> he called her busy bee. teacher. he said she worked so hard. substitute teacher, worked at a catering company and worked at a
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local starbucks for 20 hours a week. i went to that starbucks to talk to some of her co-workers and some were wearing buttons that said 12/14/12 heart and lauren. and they had a table for people to write their thoughts to her. i want to tell you, anderson, that tony asked us to thank you. he said, what i appreciate so much is that he's not talking about the shooter, that he's talking about us and the people we loved. and tomorrow the love of his life lauren will be buried here. >> thanks very much, appreciate that. about a 20-minute drive from here, in dan bury, people have gathered for a tribute. gary tuckman joins us now. gary? >> reporter: anderson, a very emotional evening right now. this is a painful story for all of us all over the world and it is acute here in the state of connecticut. and right now in danbury, connecticut, about 15 miles away from newtown, a tribute to newtown, the families, the
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survivors, music and prayer. a short time ago a video tribute of the 20 children who died, the six adults who died, and it was so emotional, so hard to watch, beautiful music playing, beautiful songs playing, while everyone in this room, hundreds of people from the state of connecticut experiencing it. one thing, anderson, i know it is the same with you, we have covered so many tragedies. it's so discouraging, bombings, shootings. and what's amazing here, we have made so many friends, i'm grateful for the friends i've made, but so sorry for how we've made these friends. that's what's happening right now. there's no such thing as closure. they'll be suffering, particularly the families who lost loved ones. but the more people stay together, get together, become friendly together, the easier
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that recovery will be for them. the recovery, of course, is never complete for so many people. anderson? >> gary, thanks, we have a lot more ahead, including a conversation with a sandy hook parent. and new polling suggesting public opinion might be shifting. that is next from newtown. ♪ 4 from the best players in history to the number 1 club in the world. the potential of manchester united unlocked. nyse euronext. unlocking the world's potential.
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i will use all the powers of this office to help advance efforts aimed at preventing more tragedies like this. we won't prevent them all, but that can't be an excuse not to try. >> president obama this afternoon pledging to make gun control a central issue in the weeks ahead, naming vice president biden to lead the effort to propose the legislation by next month. new polling shows 52% now in favor of major gun restrictions. that's up five points since august.
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breaking it down, 37% favor major restrictions. 15% want to make all guns illegal. 33% support minor restrictions and 13% say they'd like no restrictions at all on gun ownership. change notwithstanding, that's still evenly divided, which may explain why some democrats and republicans are signaling some openness to greater gun regulation. others advocating to arm teachers. so far the nra has been conspicuously absent from the debate. they are expected to make a statement on friday. with me now is a sandy hook third grader, crossed paths with the killer before someone pulled him to safety. and also lillian bittman, former chairman of newtown's board of education. appreciate you being with us. we talked about something having to come out of this. for you, that means some sort of regulation. >> definitely so. i think the entire country is
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fed up with where we are now. i think majority of the country are silent majority up to now, like i was three days ago. you know how heavy it hit everybody, how shaken up my friends are in other states of this great nation. and in other countries of the world. i'm getting phone calls from all over the world, russia, portugal, uk, you know, people cannot believe what's happening here. and people in like, i was in virginia. i went to d.c. to see our senators on capitol hill. >> you already did that? you already went down? >> yes, yes, i returned this morning. >> do you feel that there is a possibility for change? >> definitely. we met with senior aides to president of the united states. valerie jarret and she told us
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this is a personal priority for our president. he is making a personal commitment to advance this cause to make our schools safe to make our public safe. this should not be a partisan issue, this should be an issue for the entire nation. we should join the ranks and create policies that are balanced. >> lillian for you, you want to have a civil discussion about this. >> very much so. >> you want something to come out of this? >> absolutely. i'm not the only one. all of the funerals and wakes i've attended, people are dying -- they're just really have to have it be a civil discussion and change now. there is a group now that has formed in newtown, my husband and i are a part of called newtown united. i very much tonight would like to ask the nation to join us. we are not looking -- like he said, we're not looking to ban
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guns, what we're looking for is a civil discussion on gun control, mental health and school safety and school facilities, so that we as a nation can work together very, very civilly to come up with a solution. what andre said, that it's not partisan, is exactly how we feel. what i would like is all the people around the country that are contacting me, my friends across the country, andre's friends across the country. all my other friends across the country to join us. if they want to do that, we have a facebook page newtown united, they should jump on that and join us, we can create a critical mass to show washington that we're serious about this. we want them to work together. >> you were saying today, you left your house at 9:00 this morning. you haven't been home. you've been going to wakes and funerals? >> all day. >> all day long? >> my husband coined a term which is awful, an assembly line of wakes and funerals.
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we can't even figure out which ones to go to, there are so many that we have to divide and conquer. the teachers, the sandy hook teachers are really struggling trying to get to as many as possible. and that is true for many of the parents, anyone associated, we're all struggling with that. >> you are often waiting two hours to get in to pay your respects. two to five hours it is freezing cold and yesterday that is raining. that is a wonderful thing because so many people are coming out to support the families. and then part of the reason you're waiting too is our town is gridlocked with traffic from people from out of town from the media, we have to plan to leave our houses sometimes an hour before we even want to be there, then you want to be at the funeral an hour before hand. we can think of nothing else but funerals and wakes and maybe taking a meal to somebody. >> andre, how is your son doing -- he was there? >> it is difficult to talk about that. he is a little guy.
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and kind of -- he keeps a lot within himself. it's kind of, you see some signs, like something wants to come out, but bits and pieces. it is really too early to tell how it has affected him. what i can tell you, my older kids, the 13 and 14-year-olds and their friends are profoundly affected because they understand the death, the enormity of the tragedy. you know, it just -- those kids, those little kids that they actually baby sat. >> right. >> it's just -- you know, they're like little kids, little friends that are not there anymore. >> can change happen? do you you believe that? >> i believe this time it can. based on what i am seeing across the country. i think this is a tipping point. i'd really like to say to the nation that -- because i know i said before, let's lead it with love, let's lead with love, but
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also a child shall lead them. that's what we have here. we have 20 children that are trying to point us the way. and if we don't follow their lead, we have failed them and their deaths are in vain. i can't stand that and all the people at all the funerals and wakes i've been to, that's the main message. their death vs to have meant something. so a little child will lead us. >> thank you. >> we should join as a nation. we should be better than this. >> yes, yes. >> andre, thank you. appreciate it. last night the uncle of the 6-year-old boy noah pozner told us there were scams set up in noah's name to profit off this tragedy. we were stunned by that. today we tracked down the source of one of these scams. we'll show you what he found out next. ♪ [ bells dinging ]
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there have been, of course -- you're looking at a picture of the memorial, one of many in this town. there have been websites, memorial funds set up for the victims. last night we learned something that frankly is stomach churning. that some people, strangers from the victims' families are trying to capitalize on this tragedy. the uncle of noah pozner said they were asking for donations in noah's name. someone it is family didn't know and they didn't know where the money was going to go. i'm going to speak with his uncle in a moment. cnn's drew griffin looked into an e-mail that was circulating, asking for donations and managed to track down the person behind it. he joinds me now. what did you find? >> reporter: that e-mail we
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tracked down to a woman in the bronx. her name is noelle alba, also collecting donations for hurricane sandy victims. that, of course, raised our suspicions, so investigative producer david fitzpatrick got a camera, we went to the house this afternoon where the donations are supposedly being directed to. at first there was no answer and then a half hour later a -- an exchange with a surprised noelle alba when she answered the door. >> oh hi, are you miss alba. you set up donations on behalf of one of the victims on the newtown tragedy. >> no. >> no? >> it's your name and address on the e-mail. can i come in with my camera crew? >> no. >> anderson, she did allow us in to record her voice only and telling us an odd story. she's in a crafting community. she makes victorian picture frame and blames that e-mail on
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ern miz between the crafting community. we're giving you the details so you guys can decide what kind of e-mail was sent out here concerning the e-mail we're talking about. despite a lot of evidence to the contrary, she says she has nothing to do with it. >> this says, it has your e-mail on it. it's about noah pozney's funeral. >> i never sent that. >> take a look at it, it has your e-mail all over it. it has your paypal account. bank routing number that you say you sent out. >> that is not my paypal account. i mean i have a pay pal account. >> but that's your -- is that your e-mail? it says it right there. >> yeah, that is one of my gmails. >> it is your gmail. >> yeah my personal account. >> but i never set up any funds for anybody. >> you should know that the family tells us they are upset by this. >> but i never did anything to them. >> who sent this e-mail out?
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>> i never sent this e-mail out. i don't have a reason to send an e-mail out. >> all very fishy, anderson. the bottom line we couldn't find out if the woman's claims are true. that it was a set-up by her enemies. she claims she did get $300 in donations, that she says she immediately returned. yet again, a clear example of just how quickly these e-mails pop up after a tragedy. we did the story after hurricane sandy. some of the websites were set up before the storm hit. the bottom line, you have to know where the money's going. don't believe anything in a website, an e-mail. if you want to donate, do your home work. in this case, we've exposed this. this woman herself, now admitting it's not a good charitable avenue to give, so don't. >> this is so sickening to me, as many of the ones you've
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exposed over the years. i think it's important to name her again, noelle alba is her name. >> that is her name. and her story is, her enemies within the crafting community set up a pay pal account and set up websites about hurricane sandy and about this beautiful little boy. i mean, that's just ridiculous. >> it is very troubling. as i said now, we've exposed this woman. this e-mail is obviously a hoax. don't do it. but really, be aware, there's 20 names out there, 20 names of kids. people will take advantage of this in any way they can. i hate to say it, but they will. >> well, you know, we should get from as many of the families as want the information out, legitimate memorial funds and sites and put them on our website. and we're going to do that starting tomorrow.
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noah's uncle is with me right now. you have set up a site, correct? >> that's correct. well, somebody had set up the domain name, noahpozner.com. in his name right after the tragedy. we challenged that with godaddy. >> someone after the tragedy bought the domain name? >> that's correct. >> sickening. >> luckily we have a lot of friends in the online community, it was caught right away. so we challenged it. and we have the website now. that's the official website now. and the person, i don't know what their intentions were, but i think that's suspicious by itself. >> so noahpozner.com is now a website -- >> that's the official website. it's the family's website. and we bought all the other related domain names. >> it's incredible you have to do this. >> that's exactly right, instead of doing things with our family, i'm running around trying to protect the family.
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i mean, i look at my nieces and i think of these scammers and i think they are stealing from them. thayer s-- they are survivors o this tragedy. >> it's infuriating. >> it is infuriating. i'm going to do everything i can to protect them and to get the word out. and today i did -- as to this miss alba, i did contact the fbi and they're looking into it. they were interested in the information that we provided. >> hopefully they can look into her finances. we didn't have the capabilities of looking into her bank records, that should be easy to track down. >> that's right. drew, where can people go to help? we heard noah pozner.com and dot org is legitimate. are there other places? >> you know, one stop shop. go to cnn.com, go to impactyourworld. we have some of the websites set up for these children, for funds for the families, also for the
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school district. quite frankly there's a lot of things people can do for this community that don't involve money. you can get all of that information at impact your world@cnn and like you said, we'll keep adding on as we get the information from the families themselves. >> okay. we'll want to verify that. we will try to reach out. if the families are listening we definitely would like to get that information out there, so please let us know. i wish you the best. i'm so sorry that you have to deal with this kind of stuff. i hope it helps. >> thank you much i appreciate it. >> we'll continue to stay on this, and on this woman as well. >> thank you, appreciate it. >> coming up next. the latest on the investigation including reports on the latest we know about the investigation. debra has that and she'll join us ahead.
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in the evening when you go home, you deal with it. you talk to your family and collect your thoughts and try to cry. that's what we do. >> the president of connecticut's funeral director's association reflecting on the enormity of this tragedy. for so many, today was a day to say good-bye. police are trying to figure out what happened here. maybe uncover some reasons why. authorities have found no notes laying out a motive. they have not been able to recover clues from the shooter apparently smashed by the shooter before the rampage. debra feyerick is with us. one of the questions that is still unanswered is why this
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person chose the school? we are learning now of the possible connection. what is that? >> the connection is that he actually went there. he went to sandy hook elementary school. cnn has been able to confirm through various people, that he was in the first, the third, the fourth and also the fifth grade. he was six years old when his family moved into this house back in 1998. six years old, the same age as some of these children he cut down in cold blood. we have seen a photo of a t-shirt that the classmates signed his name on the t-shirt and a former classmate said that she used to ride the bus with him to sandy hook elementary school. and the school bus today stopped no more than 50 feet from his home. children, first graders who live in this area, they were getting onto that bus. and there are other students who will never get on that bus. that is the connection. we have confirmed that he in fact attended numerous grades.
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in sandy hook elementary school. even though officials say, he had no recent connection, he certainly had a connection to that school, anderson. >> there were reports that the shooter was home alone in the days leading up to friday. what do you know about that? >> yeah, well, that's exactly right, anderson, the mother actually left the gunman alone in the home for several days prior to the massacre. our colleague has confirmed that the mother traveled to new hampshire, staying in a resort in new hampshire. she left here early tuesday, she returned after dark on thursday. the next morning, the friday morning, her son entered her room and shot her four times in the head. she was his first victim before he drove off to go to that school. it is unclear whether this 20-year-old who has asperger's whether he was alone for three days or someone was coming in and checking on him.
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friends said she would leave him alone. while she would make the mini trips. but if there was a problem, she would cancel the trip and she would stay with him. so what we do know is there was time when he was alone in the home with those firearms, anderson. >> debra, appreciate the update on that. people across the country, around the world are paying tribute to the people and the victims of new town. this video coming in from california, we have more tributes coming up. ♪
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we will, of course, be bringing you more moments from here in newtown. but first i want to talk about something that's happened
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overseas and a reminder about the brutality of the syrian regime, and a reality that it is hitting close to home for all of us here at 360. and for anybody who's a regular viewer of this program. for more than a year now we have been getting regular updates from inside syria from a brave man that told me that since the beginning of his revolution, since he began demanding freedom for his country with his voice, that he, this 38-year-old man can hear his voice for the first time. we're now getting word from his family this week that syrian secret police have detained him and his brother. and are holding them at a location called building 215. it's an infamous facility used for torture and abuse. you see him standing on the right side of this photo. he holds a ph.d..
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his brother is a medical student studying at the university of damascus. the relatives say that time is of the essence to free them. theyen watt us to tell this -- they want us to tell the story tonight in the hopes that someone inside syria, someone inside the regime will listen. the family posted a facebook page demanding the brothers release, in declaring the assad regime responsible for their well being. as i said, he came on this program more than a dozen times, updating us on what is happening inside syria, what he was seeing with his own eyes. he knew he was putting his life at risk. i spoke to him repeatedly about this. and i spoke to him less that two weeks ago about intelligence reports suggesting the syrian military was preparing to launch chemical weapons. it was his last interview before the secret police took him away. here's what he said. what are you happening for now, is there hope? >> well, for me, i mean personally, for the majority of the people, nobody has any hope in anything. okay? it's just fighting that
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continues until the people win. because this is -- this is happening for sure. we will win in the end. and we are sure that the international community would not do anything at all. will not do anything. nobody cares about us. we are not scared of him. i'm not scared of the chemical weapon. does it make a difference to die with a bullet or with a chemical weapon? which death is more painful? with chemical weapons or with bullets? >> did you ever think it would get to this point? how do you get through each day? because as you say, the world has watched this happen. and we continue to watch it happen every night. >> well, anderson, it is simply stated like this. when the syrian people stop the revelation, they want freedom, justice for all, democracy.
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we expect -- we know this regime is really brutal. we expected brutality but not this much. at least for myself, no, i did not expect this. is it worth it? yes, thank god we had this revolution. i don't know how we lived with this regime. thank god we have the revolution. and we are losing lives. our lives are just ruined. but thank god we have the solution. and thank god we will win this battle on our own, without anybody's help. enough. enough. even if it takes another 100,000 people. enough. this is not a regime, this is anything you can, i don't know what you call it. killing. killing, killing, killing, shelling, shelling, mortars, jet fighters, helicopters, rockets, against what? civilians? enough.
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>> zaidoun, thank you very much for talking. >> thank you, anderson. >> enough he said. he wasn't fighting with weapons, he was fighting with his voice, and he was aware of the risk he took speaking with us, every time, and we knew the risks of him speaking as well. it's understandable for anyone who puts themselves in that much danger to ask us to hide their identification. but he did not. in fact, he insisted that we use his name. he felt free because he was speaking out for the first time in his life. 38 years old, for the first time in his life, he was able to use his name and voice his opinion in a regime that has never allowed that. we only interviewed him over the phone even though he offered to come on camera. he wanted to show his face, we wouldn't do that. even though he didn't have to, he asked us to use his full name, demanded we use it in fact. i asked him about that decision during our first interview all the way back in november 2011.
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you're being extraordinarily brave. you're using your full name, asking us to use your full name, telling us where you are. i know you've been interrogated by syrian security forces. why are you still willing to speak out and use your name? >> because it's enough. people are dying over there for just saying freedom. i'm telling the regime it's enough. don't think people will go back to their homes. after eight months, you still believe a lie, that you can control and overcome -- it's impossible. you can just do one thing now. save more lives, please, stop the killing. when i challenge, i want freedom. i can hear my voice for the first time in my life. now, how can i give up this even if it costs me my life? >> he said he could hear his voice for the first time in his life. imagine that. the man is a hero to me and to
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many of us on this program. our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. according to his relatives, his mother and sister, two daughters and wife are all in syria right now. we worry about them every moment of every day. there are other stories we're following tonight. susan hendricks is here with a 360 news bulletin. >> anderson, three state department officials resigning today, following an independent report on the deadly consulate attack in benghazi, libya. it found failures in management deficiencies. two of the resignations game from officials responsible for security decisions at the consulate. with time running out to strike a deal on the fiscal cliff, president obama today accused republicans of focusing of vesting him personally. later john boehner accused the white house of failing to offer a deal, balancing tax hikes and spending cuts. >> president obama is "time" magazine's person of the year. "time" credits him for forging a new majority, turning weakness
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>> the people of newtown, connecticut are not alone in their grief. all around the country and around the world, people are coming together, sending their love and support, supporting the
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families here any way they can. here's a tribute from the students at ps 22, staten island. they've been through a lot with the hurricane, but had it in their hearts to reach out to others. listen. >> somebody suggested on our facebook page yesterday that we sing their school song. all right? are you guys okay with that? >> yes! >> are you sure? >> yes! >> anybody not okay with this? >> no. >> all right. cool. ♪ ♪ three cheers for the green and the white ♪ ♪ we'll be your school forever ♪ thank you and work hard ♪ get smart ♪ sandy hook elementary
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♪ a very special place to be >> they're going to be performing actually at president obama's inauguration as well. the corus of ps 22. we want to leave you with sights and sounds tonight as we remember the victims forever in our hearts. [ piano music ] >> it's a tribute to the schools. because i have two kindergartners in school now. so there's just no words words you can say for it. ♪ >> the outpouring of love in the community and throughout the world, has been unbelievable. >> we need to find some way to come together around all victims